SHADE TREE COMMISSION

Shade Tree Commission

The Shade Tree Commission is a quasi-governmental entity created by Pittsburgh ordinance Title Four, Article XIII, Chapter 487 . Comprised of Mayor-appointed and City Council-approved volunteers, the Commission is funded through the Outdoor Advertising Excise Tax and funds from developers unable to meet street tree requirements (Alternative Compliance funds

The Shade Tree Commission approves recommendations to the Mayor’s office and City Council to expend funds from the Shade Tree Trust Fund to advance urban forestry initiatives.

In recognition of the value of Pittsburgh's urban trees as one of our city's greatest assets, Commissioners are tasked with making recommendations to City Government to restore and maintain the city's tree population. The Commission is dedicated to providing policy makers, City Departments, and the general public with accurate and objective information on policy issues affecting the urban forest. 

Governing Documents

Members

Fifteen members comprise this Commission:

  • All appointed by Mayor; confirmed by City Council
  • 1 from Forestry Division of Public Works Department
  • 1 from DPW with engineering/construction background
  • 1 from Department of City Planning
  • 1 from Mayor’s Office
  • 1 from Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • 1 from an electric utility
  • The rest from various “educational institutions, community-based organizations, business organizations, and environmental organizations”
  • Majority of members must be City residents.

  • Mardi Isler
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Richard Butler
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Lisa Ceoffe, DPW - Forestry Division
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Jamil Bey
    • Term expires 3/26/2019
  • Matt Erb
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Emily Mitchell
    • Term expires 7/31/2021
  • Jennifer Arkett, Dusquesne Light
    • Term expires 4/30/2019
  • Lisa Kunst Vavro
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Guy Costa, Mayor's Office
    • Term expires 5/31/2021
  • Mary Savage
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Molly Stephany
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • James Stitt
    • Term expires 5/1/2019
  • Andrea Ketzel  DPW - engineering and construction
    • Term expires  7/31/2021
  • Rebecca Kiernan City Planning
    • Term expires 5/31/2021
  • Kristen Spirl
    • Term expires 7/31/2021

Meetings

  • Held in the City-County Building at 9 AM, third Wednesday of each month (excepting July and December

Contact Information

Lisa Ceoffe
Phone: 412-665-3626
Fax: 412-255-4899
lisa.ceoffe@pittsburghpa.gov